Rettie, McMillan and Grant awarded professional Scottish Contracts
Saracens Women are thrilled to announce that Jodie Rettie, Louise McMillan & Coreen Grant have all been awarded professional contracts by the SRU.
The contracts run from December 2022 to November 2023, with the first year focusing on the skills and physical development of each individual player, who will be based at their existing clubs, while also providing players the opportunity to have greater time for off-field performance activities such as analysis and recovery.
Scottish Rugby is making an additional investments in the game. Part of this investment has been committed for contracting players to the women’s high-performance programme.
Scottish Rugby’s Director of High Performance, Jim Mallinder sees the announcement of these contracts as a key moment for Scottish Rugby.
“This is a landmark moment for the women’s performance programme and these contracts are a significant first step in a long-term journey towards professionalising the women’s game. Today’s announcement will provide a crucial boost ahead of the TikTok Women’s Six Nations championship and the launch of the new global women’s competition, WXV, as we aim to ensure that we can compete and challenge the top teams on the world stage.
Mallinder also emphasised the importance of creating a competitive environment to help drive the side forward.
“The next step will look at how we can create a sustainable and competitive playing environment in Scotland, while building our high-performance pathways to support our future internationalists and ensure new talent is identified and developed.”
Scotland Women Head Coach and Technical Lead, Bryan Easson was also delighted at the announcement of the contracts for 28 of his players.
“The women’s game and calendar is continuously evolving and growing and we now have an annual programme that we can plan and prepare for properly, whilst also developing the players as individuals at their existing clubs. The ability for players to focus on rugby each week, while having sufficient enough time for recovery and analysis, is a real positive for us and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve going forward.”